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Community Contact Town of New Durham
Nicole Zoltko, Town Administrator
4 Main Street, PO Box 207
  New Durham, NH 03855
Telephone (603) 859-2091
Fax (603) 859-6644
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: by appointment; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Thursday, 8-4, last Thursday of each month, 8-6:30; Transfer Station: Friday to Monday, 8-4:45, closed Tuesday to Thursday
County Strafford County
Labor Market Area Dover-Durham, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA, NH portion
Tourism Region Lakes Region
Planning Commission Strafford Regional Planning
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 6
State Representative Strafford County District 3, 18
Incorporated: 1762
Origin: Granted in 1749 as Cocheco, New Durham was first settled almost entirely by colonists from Durham, New Hampshire. Colonel Thomas Tash, who had fought in England's Seven Years War against France and granted land in reward for his service, was appointed proprietor's clerk and called the first town meeting. The town was incorporated as New Durham in 1762. An early minister in the town, Reverend Benjamin Randall, founded a new religious denomination called the ""Free-Will Baptists,"" later known as Free Baptists.
Villages and Place Names: Copplecrown Village District
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 554 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for New Durham totaled 2,112 over 50 years, from 583 in 1970 to 2,695 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 103 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population increased by two percent from 2010 to 2020.
Population Density and Land Area: 2023 (US Census Bureau): 67.3 persons per square mile of land area. New Durham contains 41.4 square miles of land area and 2.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2020 $3,552,150
Budget:School Appropriations,2020-2021 $6,559,477
Zoning Ordinance 1971/20
Master Plan 2017
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Regional Planning Commission
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Planning; Zoning; Budget
    Appointed: Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Ethics; Milfoil; 1772 Meetinghouse; CIP; Boodey House
Public Library New Durham Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 15 miles   27

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup Private
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; TDS
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $17.92
2022 Equalization Ratio 71.8
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $12.83
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 96.4%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 2.6%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 1.1%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 1,579
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 1,495
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 14
    Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 70

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2023 2,785   133,243
   2020 2,695   130,889
   2010 2,642   123,143
   2000 2,228   112,233
   1990 1,948   104,233
   1980 1,183   85,408

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   1,380 Female   1,331
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 184
      Age 5 to 19 343
      Age 20 to 34 500
      Age 35 to 54 830
      Age 55 to 64 381
      Age 65 and over 473
            Median Age 43.9 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 1,985
      High school graduation or higher 94.2%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 31.6%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $42,989
Median Family Income $124,115
Median Household Income $97,000
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $71,124
      Female $46,125
Individuals below poverty level 8.6%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2013 2023
    Civilian Labor Force 1,519   1,507
    Employed 1,424   1,480
    Unemploymed 95   27
    Unemployment rate 6.3%   1.8%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  20
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $1,009
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  178
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $954
Total Private  
    Average Employment  182  198
    Average Weekly Wage  $510  $960
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  108  97
    Average Weekly Wage  $555  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  290  295
    Average Weekly Wage  $527  $913
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Grades K-12 are part of Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, Middleton, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) District: SAU 49
Career Technology Center: Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro)
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6
Total Enrollment 158
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest College or Universities: University of NH

2023 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     1   Capacity:     36

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Town of New Durham Municipal services 48
New Durham School Education 19
State of New Hampshire Fish hatchery 12
Johnson's Dairy Bar Restaurant 2005
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 11
Nearest Interstate/Exit: Spaulding Tpk., Exit 17; I-93, Exit 15
Distance: 12 miles; 30 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Skyhaven, Rochester Runway  4,200 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   46 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 46 miles
    Portland, Maine 63 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 88 miles
    New York City, New York 298 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 259 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 85.0%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 6.5%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 0.3%
  Traveled by other means: 0.0%
  Worked at home: 8.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 36.3 minutes
Work in community of residence: 59.5%
Commute to other NH community: 34.5%
Commute out-of-state: 6.0%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
X Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Gunstock
Other: Merrymeeting Lake; Hiking